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2016 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne

Barolo, Italy

Startlingly brilliant 2016 Barolo, magical and powerful.

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$250.00

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About

About The Wine

Luciano Sandrone's Le Vigne Barolo is a vintage reflection on the area as a whole, rather than a single-vineyard wine, and what a vintage 2016 has proven to be.

Nebbiolo is sourced and blended from vineyards within the famous Barolo communes of Serralunga d'Alba, Castiglione Falletto, Barolo and Novello. Aging is in 500 litre french oak barrels for 24 months, and then the wine is rested in bottle for 18 months.

The ideal would, of course, be to rest this for a few more years, or decades, in your own cellar.

It's a high-toned, pure wine, with layers of haunting tannin hugging the fruit, which will emerge and unfurl over the years. Future bliss for some lucky wine-lovers.

About Luciano Sandrone

Luciano Sandrone is the founding father of this famous Barolo producer and he is still powers on, even though he is now into his 80s. The domaine, started effectively in his garage in 1970s, remains all in the family.

They are based in the commune and town of Barolo itself, in the shadow of the famous hillside vineyard Cannubi Boschis, source of their most renowned wines.

They now boast 27 hectares of vines in Barolo, Langhe and Roero. Organic viticulture is key, as is elongated skin contact for Nebbiolo and natural yeast fermentation.

As well as historically brilliant Barolo, they also produce extremely high-quality Dolcetto and Barbera which may change the way you perceive those varieties.

Luciano Sandrone vineyards
Luciano Sandrone vineyards
Barolo, Italy
Additional Info

From The Producer

Barolo Le Vigne is always a wine of great structure, depth and longevity. 2016 brings this character even more to the fore. The 2016 Le Vigne is brooding, coiled and restrained, needing several years of patience to reach its peak.

The nose slowly reveals dark cherries, licorice, underbrush and distinct floral elements of violets and roses.

On the palate, the tannins are dominant, sweet ad mouth-filling and severe, needing time to come into balance with the prodigious fruit and acidity that lurks beneath the imposing structure. The finish seems to go on forever. Give this one time.

Blend : Nebbiolo (100%)
Drink Until : 2050

The ageless Luciano Sandrone working hard
The ageless Luciano Sandrone working hard
Barolo, Italy
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

100Points
Wine Advocate

"I absolutely adore this wine on every emotional and intellectual level. I can still taste it today, weeks after my first sampling. The Luciano Sandrone 2016 Barolo Le Vigne is a stirring and profound expression that pulls on your heartstrings. I found it to be unforgettable, quite literally, inspiring one of those celebrated "wow" moments that we wine lovers so desperately seek in bottle after bottle. Le Vigne is a clever blend of fruit from Baudana in Serralunga d'Alba (offering the power), Villero in Castiglione Falletto (shaping the precision), Vignane in Barolo (adding to the purity of the aromas) and Merli in Novello (that helps to flesh out the fruit). This intersection of various vineyards spanning the appellation creates a pyramid of perfection and beauty. The wine shows large construction, but that fruit weight is balanced against the vivid cherry, spice, aniseed and campfire ash that gently lift from the bouquet." - Monica Larner (The Wine Advocate)

98Points
Vinous

"The 2016 Barolo Le Vigne is brilliant and explosive in the glass, with tons of brightness, energy and tension. Classically austere, the 2016 is going to take a few years to be at its best, and yet the wine is so arrestingly beautiful today. A mix of freshly cut and dried flowers, mint and pine add an intriguing upper register. In 2016, Le Vigne is finely chiseled and sculpted from start to finish. Bright saline notes add a closing kick of freshness." - Antoni Galloni (Vinous)

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